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About Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo opened in 1934. The zoo is owned and operated by Belfast City Council. 


Our 55 acre site is home to more than 120 species, the majority of which are facing increasing danger in their natural habitats.

We carry out vital conservation work, both in Northern Ireland and around the world. We take part in global and collaborative breeding programmes, which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat.

Your visitor experience

We work hard to provide a truly great day out for all of our visitors which is why Belfast Zoo is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most popular visitor attractions.

We’re an energetic zoo, passionate about education, learning and discovery. Our aim is to educate visitors about our animals and nature in general, and to provide you with a memorable experience.

We aim to:

  • provide the best possible care for our animals
  • organise campaigns and raise funds for endangered species and their natural habitats 
  • take part in European and international breeding programmes which help protect endangered species 
  • raise awareness of conservation and biodiversity
  • deliver high quality environmental education, training and research.